Dear Pope Francis,
So, it seems someone else is writing to you. He’s not blogging, but Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing, other works on creation spirituality, and one of my favorite books on creativity, is writing to you too, Pope Francis.
I happened to be browsing Amazon last night and came across Matthew Fox’s new book, Letters to Pope Francis: Rebuilding a Church with Justice and Compassion. Of course, I had to buy a copy for my Kindle to check out the competition. OK. This is Matthew Fox, so I’m not really in his sphere, but I found it interesting that someone else decided to write to you.
It actually speaks volumes that someone like Matthew Fox would write to you, Pope Francis. After all, he’s had some issues with the institutional Church. And, if you don’t mind my saying, he wasn’t treated that well. So, the fact that Matthew Fox believes you’re open and approachable enough for him to write a book of letters, says something.
I’m not sure any of your predecessors would have inspired people such as Matthew Fox, or me, to write you publicly. Maybe Pope John XXIII. But no one since, I don’t think. People loved Pope John Paul II, but I don’t know that they felt they could write to him. I didn’t. And I did not for once think of writing to your immediate predecessor.
But in you, Pope Francis, I see openness. I know we might not agree on some significant matters of doctrine. But I perceive in you at least the willingness to listen and ponder. There has not been enough pondering in the Church the last little while. Not enough true listening, either, for that matter.
I hope your week is going well so far.
(By the way, should you order any of those books and add them to your library — I’m not sure there’s a lot of Matthew Fox on Vatican shelves — I get a little bit of money from each purchase.)